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Tap That App: From Archie to zombies, apps for comics
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Tap That App: From Archie to zombies, apps for comics

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Comics apps have been around for a couple of years, but the rise of the tablet has seen a resurgence of interest in digital comic books. We show you a couple of apps that bring superheroes and more to your fingertips.

Welcome to Tap That App, I'm Seth Rosenblatt and this is the show where we show off some of the spiciest mobile apps around. Today I'm going to show you some of the best apps for reading comic books on your mobile whatever. We've got ComiXology, Graphicly, and some indie contenders from indie publishers like Dark Horse. The good news is that most of these apps basically work the same. You've got to register to use them. You've got your store with a smattering of free comics, but for the vast majority of books you're gonna have to cough up the bucks. The readers work similarly, too. Tap or swipe to flip the page, pinch to zoom. Socialization features are on the slim side. As cool as it would be to be able to send a friend a link to a comic because you can't believe what just happened to Deus Ex Machina Man, that hasn't been implemented yet. Unlike in print comics, where you pretty much have a favorite store or two that you go to get your books--even if it's an online store like Amazon--the comics apps have set up license deals with the publishers. ComiXology works with DC Comics on both iOS and Android, while it offers Marvel Comics only on iOS. Graphicly is the app you've got to use to get Marvel on Android, and it also offers comics from other publishers like Image, the publisher of Walking Dead. Some publishers, like Boom Studios, are available on both platforms. The in-app stores offer previews along with free comics, but be warned: often, you're looking at paying the same price for the print version as the digital because of the cut that the app makers demand on top of the Apple's slice of the pie. One nifty comics app for Android I've found is Vintage Comics Droid. Offering entirely free comics, it's a great way to read decades-old comics that have entered the public domain. Vintage Comics includes a phenomenal range of more than 3000 books, old- school superheroes, Westerns, mystery, romance, horror, suspense, and humor. Be warned, though: at the time we shot this video, browsing worked well. Downloading? Not so much. That's it for this week's show! If you've got any suggestions fly em on over to TapThatApp At CNET dot com. I'm Seth Rosenblatt. We'll see you next week.

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